PRATTVILLE, United States (AFP) – Hur Mi-Jung fired a six-under par 66 to win the LPGA Yokohama Tire Classic, holding off a final-round charge from world number one Stacy Lewis.
The 24-year-old South Korean Hur won by four strokes over runner-up Lewis, who had captured this event the last time it was held in 2012.
Hur, who is ranked 94th in the world, finished at 21-under par 267 and snapped a five-year victory drought on the LPGA tour with her second career victory on the US-based circuit.
Her 267 total beat the prior tournament record of 269, which was set in 2010 by Australian Katherine Hull-Kirk.
Lewis, of the US, also closed with a 66 as she took second place at 17-under total of 271 at the Capitol Hill Golf Club course.
Rookie Paula Reto, who was the co-leader after the third round with Hur, stumbled to a one-over 73. South Africa’s Reto took third place at 14-under-par 274.
American Kris Tamulis posted a two-under 70 in the final round and she ended alone in fourth at 13-under 275.
England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff (65) and Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn (68) shared fifth on 276.
Lewis entered the final round four shots adrift of the leaders. She rolled in four birdies on her first eight holes but couldn’t make up any more ground on the back nine.
Reto posted her best finish on the tour after missing 11 cuts in 18 starts heading into this event.